2019 began before 2018 was over for many local farmers this year. This explains why some of the data from the research has been slower to become available and still not all of it has been officially released at this time.
My plan is to finish the 2019 Cotton Variety Report Card this week and get it in the mail, even before I have all the data. I think the rest of the data will support the findings we already have. I’ll send out a finalized version once everything comes in but that could be February.
The method I use of evaluating varieties relies not only on the research data, but is also based on performance across hundreds of acres within a farming operation, as well as thousands of acreage across a region. In addition, quality evaluation from locally ginned cotton across thousands of bales creates confidence in how the varieties compare to each other.
I get pretty excited about how the results will come out myself. I don’t know for sure up front because I put all the numbers across numerous criteria into a spread sheet and let the math pick out the best.
This tool doesn’t really tell you which is going to be the best variety in a spot, but rather what has the best chance of providing the most profit across tens, hundreds, and even thousands of acres. This year I am adding a new evaluation called reliability which will help to sort out some of the varieties that can do excellent in one location but not so good in the next. Consistency and dependability compared against failure are going to be the basis for the ‘reliability’ criteria.